Foresight saves priceless UCT collection from fire


Foresight saves priceless UCT collection from fire

A hard-copy collection of ecological photographs was destroyed, but there’s still a happy ending

Senior science reporter

It’s been a nail-biting week for those in the plant conservation unit at the University of Cape Town (UCT). 

On Sunday, as smoke spread over the city, so did a rumour that the department’s building, and potentially thousands of photographs and dried plant specimens, had caught alight.

Then, the extent of the damage was not yet known and for head of department Prof Tony Verboom and his team, the waiting game had begun...

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